The Television Academy seems to be falling out of love with FX's American Horror Story.
In its first four seasons, American Horror Story did extremely well at the Emmys, scoring 17 nominations each for Murder House, Asylum and Coven and then 19 nominations for Freak Show. This included multiple acting nominees in addition to nominations in the Limited Series category. But those days appear to be over.
American Horror Story: Hotel received a measly eight Emmy nominations, and was not nominated for Limited Series. The only actors nominated were Kathy Bates, who played Iris, and Sarah Paulson, who played Sally - the lowest amount of actors nominated in the show's history. The show was also shut out of the Directing or Writing categories.
Beyond the two nominees for acting, Hotel received six nominations in the technical categories, as follows:
-Outstanding Costumes for a Contemporary Series, Limited Series or Movie
-Outstanding Hairstyling for a Limited Series or Movie
-Outstanding Makeup for a Limited Series or Movie (Non-Prosthetic)
-Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More)
-Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special
-Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special
So what went wrong? By the looks of it, Emmy voters simply did not care for this season of American Horror Story beyond a few performances. There's also the possibility that other, flashier FX miniseries like Fargo and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story simply overshadowed American Horror Story.
Hotel stars on the ballot who did not receive nominations included Wes Bentley (John Lowe), Matt Bomer (Donovan), Lady Gaga (The Countess), Denis O'Hare (Liz Taylor), Evan Peters (Mr. March), Finn Wittrock (Tristan Duffy and Valentino) Angela Bassett (Ramona Royale) and Mare Winningham (Miss Evers). Bassett, O'Hare and Wittrock were all nominated last year for Freak Show.
The 2016 Primetime Emmys air Sunday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on ABC, and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.